What is SPEAR?
SPEAR is one of five student-run, student-initiated projects within the Student Retention Center (SRC). The Pilipino community has continually made the effort to address dropout rates and ensure the academic success of all UCLA students since 1989. It was started to address the low retention rate of Pilipino students at UCLA. Today, students from various communities on-campus work together in the SRC to empower students and encourage them to take an active role in their education. The SRC is a resource available to all students, no matter what their academic standing may be.
SPEAR will reach 100% retention of UCLA students, particularly the Pilipino Community by providing individual and collective services for students that:
-Promote critical thinking about themselves and their environment
-Allow students to gain skills and opportunities to engage with the community inside and outside of the classroom
-Encourage students to define, take ownership of, and pursue their education.
SPEAR will reach the 100% retention of UCLA students, particularly the Pilipin@ Community, by facilitating academic and student empowerment through holistic development and addressing student needs by promoting a strong and invested community through cultural awareness and relationship building.
The Peer Counseling Component of SPEAR will strive to reach the 100% retention of the Pilipin@ community by fostering community solidarity through creating strong and meaningful relationships between members inside and outside the organization while promoting progressive personal and collective growth of all students and counselors.
Vision: The One Step Ahead Mentorship (OSA) component of SPEAR will attain 100% retention through a self-sustaining & community-centric mentorship program in which its participants are invested in quality mentorship pairs and families that seek to foster holistic development, student and academic empowerment, and a sense of community both inside and outside of UCLA.
Students who join mentorship will be paired up with other students to help ease their transition into the university. OSA mentorship creates a space for the incoming students to expand their social network, build personal friendships with their mentor, and make the most out of their university experience.